a champion player for us who has been around the club for 19 years. he joined us when he was 14 y.o.
3 time best and fairest, 2 time runner up, a couple of thirds and one 4th i think.......... premiership player......the man is a great player.
its sad to him leave, but injuries got him in the end. at 33 y.o., its hard to come back to full fitness.
i believe that if players such as ratten are going to retire, its best they do it now while carlton are trying to find the right formula of players etc....
definately be sad not seeing him play again and we are definately losing experienced player by the dozen.
the past 5 years, carlton has lossed so many great players for them. sos, sexton, dean, rice, christou, hanna, diesal, bradley, kernahan, brown.........and i think there is probably more.
not easy losing so many in the period of 5 years, but i believe we have some good youth and will be okay in a few years time.
what will hurt us is that we will become decent again and then we'll lose Kouta, Campo etc...as they will Rattens age.